CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHEET
I have a screenplay writing workbook that I use sometimes to help me define my characters, but I always wondered who I’d be if I were a character in a book. So based on some of the character development questions asked in the workbook, I’m going to turn myself into a character for you.
Name: Barbara Meyers
Age: Old enough to be considered a Baby Boomer
Ethnicity: Lily White
Male or Female: Uh, female.
Eyewear: Cheaters required for fine print.
Eye Color: Hazel
Hair Color: Brownish going gray
Weight/Bodyshape: Although I have moments when I can fit into a Size 8 I’m basically a Size 10, how’s that?
Emotional Level: Mature, yet often childish
Occupation: Fiction writer, Starbucks barista/shift supervisor
Location: Southwest Florida
Transportation: Mazda 3 hatchback—I love it! Do you know how much stuff you can put in the back of one of those?
Marital Status: Oh, so married.
Children: Two, one boy, one girl, both grown.
Pets: My poor black lab mix, Pepper, who constantly gives me reproachful looks because I don’t give her enough attention. But she’s extremely well trained, is quiet and polite and I can take her for walks while I ride a bike. She’s a doll.
Favorite Music Style: Classic Rock and Top 40. Of late, my 3 favorite songs are Adele’s Rolling in the Deep, The Pierces You’ll Be Mine and Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina’s Stereo Love.
Best Friend: Cathy. She has five daughters and homeschooled them all. And she’s very big in the Creative Memories company. She scrapbooked way before it became the craze it is now.
Why: Because she always got me. Plus, the first time I went to her house she had an open bag of Cheetos and a Coke on her desk. I thought, “I could be friends with her.”
Favorite Food: Potato chips and French onion dip.
Least Favorite Food: Liver and eggplant top the list.
Oddest Thing that ever happened to me: A few years ago I was propositioned to be part of a three-way (with a male acquaintance and another woman). This upset me because I wondered what it was about me that would make either of these people think I’d be interested. One of my friends, however, was highly impressed that I could attract both sexes.
Personal Goal Yet Achieved: To be more published than I am and make more money at writing than I have.
Most Afraid of: I don’t like to define this, because I think if you articulate it, you might be inviting it.
Greatest Strength: What my first Starbucks manager called global vision. Being able to look at the big picture, see what’s going on in a situation overall.
Where does character see him/herself in 10 years: Oh, I hope I’m still writing, still selling books and making more money from it. A couple of movie deals wouldn’t hurt, either.
Sexual Fantasy/Preference: My fantasy and preference is being with a man I’m extremely attracted to who wants me and finds me fascinating. All I ask is to be adored.
Musically Inclined? No, no and no. As my husband informed me on our first date, I cannot sing. But I do it anyway.
Biggest Regret: I gave my children way too much freedom when they were growing up.
Special Talents: Limited. I can touch my nose with the tip of my tongue, but alas, I cannot wiggle my ears.
If you want to know even more about me (and why wouldn’t you?) visit me at www.barbmeyers.com